Sagarika Ghose

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Sagarika Ghose
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Sagarika Ghose
Born (1964-11-08) 8 November 1964 (age 55)
EducationSt. Stephen's College, Delhi (BA)
Magdalen College, Oxford (BA)
St Antony's College, Oxford (MPhil)
OccupationJournalist, news anchor
Years active1991–present
EmployerThe Times Group
Notable credit(s)
Face The Nation
Rajdeep Sardesai (m. 1994)
FamilyDilip Sardesai (father-in-law)

Sagarika Ghose (born 8 November 1964) is an Indian journalist, news anchor and author.[1] She is also a columnist[citation needed]. She has been a journalist since 1991 and has worked at The Times of India, Outlook and The Indian Express. She was the deputy editor and a prime time anchor on the news network CNN-IBN. Ghose has won several awards in journalism and is the author of two novels, as well as the best-selling biography of Indira Gandhi, Indira: India's Most Powerful Prime Minister. Ghose resigned as deputy editor of CNN-IBN in July 2014.[2] She is now consulting editor at The Times of India.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Ghose received her bachelor's degree in History from St. Stephen's College, Delhi. A recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship in 1987, she has a Bachelor's in Modern History from Magdalen College and an M.Phil. from St Antony's College, Oxford.[4] Since 1991, she has worked at The Times Of India, Outlook magazine and The Indian Express and was deputy editor and prime time anchor on the news network CNN-IBN.[5][6]

She is the daughter of Bhaskar Ghose, formerly of the Indian Administrative Service 1960 batch, erstwhile Director General of Doordarshan, the Indian public television network.[7] Her two aunts include Arundhati Ghose, former ambassador and diplomat and Ruma Pal, former justice of the Supreme Court of India. She is married to journalist and news anchor Rajdeep Sardesai. Rajdeep and Sagarika have two children, son Ishan, and daughter Tarini.[8]


Ghose has been a journalist since 1991 and has worked at The Times Of India, Outlook magazine and The Indian Express. In 2004 she became the first woman to host Question Time India.[7] She was the deputy editor and a prime time anchor on the news network CNN-IBN.[5][6] Her writings and broadcasts have earned her popularity and also criticism from right-wing viewers.[9][10] Ghose's Twitter interview with Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party in 2013 became the first instance of an Indian politician giving a social media interview prior to the polls.[11] Ghose resigned from CNN-IBN on 5 July 2014 after the network was acquired by the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries ltd. She was deputy editor of the channel.[12][13]

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar interview incident[edit]

In a show on 9 November 2011, Ghose introduced Hindu spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as "joining us tonight" and asked him several questions, contradicting and criticising his answers.[14][15] Whenever Ravi Shankar was on screen, "CNN-IBN Live" was shown on the video feed. However, Ravi Shankar was interviewed earlier that day, and his statements were edited and presented as answers to Ghose's live questions. When this was criticised Ghose cited "technical issues", before she and CNN-IBN later gave a formal apology.[16][17]

Awards and honors[edit]

Her show Question Time Didi, an audience based interaction with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and students, from which Banerjee famously stormed out mid-way, received the NT Award for Best Public Debate Show in 2013.[18] She was awarded the Gr8-ITA award for Excellence in Journalism in 2009. Ghose was awarded an Excellence in Journalism Award (Aparajita Award) from FICCI Ladies Organisation in 2005.[19] In 2012 she received the CF Andrews Award for Distinguished Alumnus from St Stephen's College.[20] In 2013, Ghose received the ITA Best Anchor Award from the Indian Television Academy (ITA).[21] In 2014, The Rhodes Project included Ghose on a list of 13 famous women Rhodes Scholars.[22] In 2017 Ghose was awarded the C.H.Mohammed Koya National Award for journalism.[23]

Published works[edit]

Ghose is the author of two novels, The Gin Drinkers, published in 1998, and Blind Faith, in 2004. The Gin Drinkers was also published in the Netherlands.[24] Ghose published a widely acclaimed biography of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Indira: India's Most Powerful Prime Minister (Juggernaut Books) in 2017. The biography is slated to be made into a film.[25]

In her 2018 non-fiction book, Why I Am A Liberal: A Manifesto For Indians Who Believe in Individual Freedom[7][26][27], Ghose describes herself as a liberal who believes in rule of law, limited government, robust institutions and individual liberty. Ghose propounds the thesis that although the republic of India was founded as a liberal democracy in 1947, subsequent Indian governments throughout the post-Independence period have sought to attack individual liberty and vastly increase the powers of the government, or the powers of what she calls the Indian 'Big State'.


  1. ^ "Strategy to breach BJP-mukt South India can't rely on Hindu card, Modi". 6 May 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Rajdeep Sardesai Resigns as Editor in Chief of CNN-IBN". Deccan Chronicle. 5 July 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Chanakya's not 21st century: Misuse of power in Karnataka cannot be justified as an ancient art of politics". The Times of India. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  4. ^ Sagarika Ghose (24 March 2010). "Sagarika Ghose from HarperCollins Publishers". Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Interview with Sagarika Ghose". 5 June 2007. Archived from the original on 31 January 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2011.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  6. ^ a b Seema Chowdhry (8 February 2013). "Airing both sides". Livemint. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  7. ^ a b c Som, Rituparna (6 November 2006). "Most of my critics are talentless lderly ladies: Sagarika Ghose". DNA. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  8. ^ "The referee in town". The Hindu. 10 June 2004.
  9. ^ "Netiquette, Not Censorship". Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  10. ^ "India: Meet the 'Internet Hindus'". GlobalPost. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  11. ^ "In first Twitter interview, Kejriwal says no free power if AAP wins in Delhi". 1 November 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  12. ^ "CNN-IBN editors Rajdeep Sardesai and Sagarika Ghose quit".
  13. ^ "Rajdeep Sardesai and Sagarika Ghose Quit CNN-IBN".
  14. ^ Sharma, Mihir S (12 November 2011). "Look-Live Lies". Indian Express. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  15. ^ "टीवी पर की गलती, ट्विटर पर हुई धुलाई" [Mistake committed on television, criticism on Twitter] (in Hindi). Navbharat Times. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  16. ^ "Oops moment for CNN-IBN with Sri Sri video, Sagarika in fuss". One India. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  17. ^ "Face The Nation: A clarification and an apology". CNN IBN. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  18. ^ "National Television Awards: Latest News Stories, Photos, Videos, Blogs & Talks". Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  19. ^ "5 Hottest Female Indian Journalists - Page 5". Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  20. ^ "Watch: St Stephen's Felicitates Sagarika Ghose, Other Alumni". Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  21. ^ "ITA Awards: CNN-IBN best English news channel, Sagarika Ghose best anchor". Retrieved 1 November 2013.
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  23. ^ "Vice President giving away the C.H. Mohammed Koya National Journalism Award 2016 -". 21 January 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  24. ^ "The Gin Drinkers - Sagarika Ghose - Review - A lush portrait of Delhi Intellectual life". 18 October 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  25. ^ "Vidya Balan to play Indira Gandhi in the adaptation of Sagarika Ghose's biography". 10 January 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  26. ^ Bose, Brinda (25 September 2006). "Pulp friction". India Today. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
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